Oedipus: King Of Riddles?
In Greek mythology the oracles or gods are rarely wrong in their
predictions of the future. Yet the characters still try to fight the
predictions. Do their personalities and traits decide their future, or does
fate take its course no matter what? Oedipus was a shrewd man furnished
with wit and intellect, yet his lack of insight (the ability to see and
understand clearly the inner nature of himself) and his
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him from the truth. Oedipus would
have solved Tiresias's riddles instantaneously if it weren't for his pride,
and lack of insight.
Finally, the truth is forced on Oedipus with outstanding evidence,
presented by the messenger, and the shepherd, so he must accept his
destiny. Was he not able to solve Tiresias's riddles because his arrogance
wouldn't allow him to, or did he recognize the answers immediately, his
vanity not allowing him to acknowledge the truth?